Bastille 1789 is the first hand-crafted French whisky. Bastille offers a unique combination of production methods and a revolutionary flavor experience.
Master Distiller Jean-Marc Daucourt, the son of an Irish mother and French father, wanted to pay homage to his mother by creating a whisky unlike anything the world had seen. Bastille 1789 fulfilled this desire; and along the way defined a new category of whisky.
Having grown up in a family with 150 years of French wine making tradition, coupled with a father who was intimately involved in the production of Camus Cognac; Jean-Marc has always had a deep insight into the wine and spirits industry. He has spent a lifetime using this insight to craft quality spirits, but always had a particular passion for whisky. Over the course of many years, Jean-Marc gathered a great deal of distillation knowledge and fused that with his already extensive wood and barrel aging knowledge to produce a whisky with a very strong French Identity, a perfect balance, not comparable to any other whisky.
Bastille 1789 is hand-crafted in France using a combination of traditional and cutting edge techniques to bring out the natural characteristics of the different types of wood, water, and “terroir." French wheat, malted barley, and centuries old lime-stone filtered spring water from southwestern region of France is combined, fermented and then distilled twice in large copper pot stills. The spirit is then matured in a unique barrel program.
The barrel program offers unique attributes, not only in the choice of woods, but also the number of barrels involved in the 5-7 year aging process of maturation. Initial maturation occurs in New Limousin Oak, a barrel rarely used in whisky production and generally found in aging of high quality cognacs. This wood is one of the most expensive and highest quality in the world. Final maturation utilizes 2 additional barrels, Acacia and Cherry, to aid in color and flavor profile. In total 3 barrels influence the flavor, texture, color and overall experience of Bastille 1789 French Whisky.
Named for the year in which the French Revolution occurred, Bastille 1789 is just that… Revolutionary.